The post below was originally published in 2011, and it's been updated each year to reflect where I am in my life and the new...Read More
Post-Prague October Clean Up Plan
In the wake of my incredibly fun, inspiring, magical, indulgent holiday in Prague, I need now to apply just enough discipline and good nutrition to my daily life.
To return to good health, decrease my body fat, and increase my fitness so I have the energy and confidence to do all the things I want to do. (And boy, oh, boy! I’m cookin’ up a caper or two!)
I’m finding a new balance. I don’t want to be a slug, but I don’t want to put myself in good health jail again, either. This plan is my attempt to work hard, but still leave plenty of wiggle room for fun and taking easy once in a while.
- CrossFit class – Monday, Wednesday, Friday
- Run or outdoor play – Saturday
- Clean-as-a-whistle eating: no dairy, no grains, no caffeine, no sugar … or, to phrase it in a more positive way: meat/chicken/fish/eggs, fats (minimal nuts), vegetables, and an occasional piece of fruit
- Eight hours of sleep per night
Aside from the return to the sleep of the righteous and the boundless energy that will result from this plan – and, yes, those are excellent rewards – I’ve decided to try something I’ve never done before: a present for myself if I see my plan through to the end. If I’m successful in my October clean-up, I get these boots as a reward.
Pretty kickass, right? They’re from Victoria’s Secret, and I love them to distraction. I wonder sometimes if I have truly terrible taste, but then I decide I don’t care. I like things with sparkles and doodads and rivets and such. There are worse character flaws.
So… today is October 1, day numero uno of the clean-up. How’s it going? I slept nine hours last night, and my headache is gone. I’m 100% sugar- and caffeine-free, and so far today I’ve eaten six servings of vegetables – all green! – cabbage, broccoli, zucchini, cucumber, green pepper, and snap peas. I can feel my cells rejoicing already. (And my toes are tingling in anticipation of the new boots.)